Val’s earliest memories include painting, drawing and watching her grandparents painting, both of whom were artists, neither of them famous. Nevertheless, art has always been a way of life around her, and she never doubted that she would find pleasure in creativity.

It took a long time before she gave it serious attention, until a serious accident provided her with the space to think about painting, and she spent several months in the prone position, copying other artists’ pictures and paying close attention to their colours and techniques. There followed years of classes, workshops and practice, where she discovered her own style, which was mainly colourful, loose and sometimes slightly abstract.

Her preference is for watercolour, closely followed by collage with acrylic inks; more recently she has been using oils, having conquered her confusion with the medium, but now loves the way the paint can be moved around, and the juicy effects which can be achieved.